Book Reviews, Reviews

Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez


At this point, I think it’s safe to call Daniel Suarez one of my favorite fiction authors. This is the third book of his that I’ve read, and I can’t not talk about or think at length about his books. I was actually a little nervous about starting this book. I loved Daemon and Freedom™, but those books were a series, and Kill Decision is its own book. I wasn’t sure I would find this book as interesting,  given that the subject matter was different.

My worries disappeared pretty quickly. Suarez is a former IT guy, and his knowledge of tech is (as far as I can infer) rock solid. That’s what I find so intriguing about his books: they are just one short step away from being reality. These books are highly plausible. It isn’t a spoiler to say that the very last thing that happens in the book is one of the main characters throws a cell phone into a pond, in order to prevent the phone’s owner from being tracked and/or targeted by drones. I couldn’t help but want to do the same, after reading this book.

The only negative mark I can give is that the author shoehorned in a romance subplot where there was absolutely no reason to do so. It was trite and didn’t advance the plot in any way. I wonder if it wasn’t some editor’s decision to jam that in a later revision. Ultimately, it was so briefly mentioned that it wasn’t even bad enough to not give this book a perfect rating.

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